Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Historic Resources
Board of Historic Resources
Regulations Governing Contextualization of Monuments or Memorials for Certain War Veterans [17 VAC 5 ‑ 40]
Action Promulgation of Regulations Governing Contextualization of Monuments or Memorials for Certain War Veterans
Stage Fast-Track
Comment Period Ended on 4/13/2022
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4/2/22  1:27 am
Commenter: Joshua Day

Regarding the proposal to fast track changes to monuments and or historical markers of Virginia.

To whom it may concern,

I write in objection to the "fast track" proposal that would change regulations on how Virginia presents the monuments and markers of its history. Re:

As a student of history, from all aspects, what has been going on the last few years has been absolutely heartbreaking. While some points may be made about mythology with some of the people represented, I will not advocate the removal or complete demonization of historical figures. You can build others up without tearing others down. My view of this whole thing always has been and always will be,  "Build more." We are not doing that. We are caving to what is a Marxist movement to recontextualize not just Robert E. Lee or the Civil War but the whole structure of the country. We must object to the fast track method, because people need time to be informed and properly react to any proposed changes. The desire to fast track reveals to me the nefarious motives of vindictive and hateful people who are doing what they are doing out of spite and in the spirit of revenge. This will not stand well over time.  All of history deserves to be told. Even the parts that are painful and contentious. They don't just represent the past, they are reminders of how far we have come. History removed is history forgotten. History forgotten is history repeated. Please do not do this. Let there be a proper period of at least a month before people are informed by public hearing to voice any objection or advice on the monument or marker in question.

kindest regards,

Joshua Day


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